From the rows, Day 3: Great Bean Crop in Western Iowa - Chip Flory (Western Leg)

August 25, 2016 01:46 AM

From the Rows - Chip Flory - Western Tour Day 3

Welcome to the third night of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour! We're in Spencer, Iowa, after leaving Nebraska City, Nebraska, early Wednesday morning. Scouts on the western leg of the Tour covered the western half of Iowa -- Brian and the scouts on the eastern leg of the Tour will cover the eastern half on the way to Rochester tomorrow. Because we don't have a full-state report for you from the western leg of the Tour, we'll talk just the western three crop distrits in the state: Crop district 7 (southwest); district 4 (west central) and district 1 (northwest crop district).

Let me say this about the bean crop -- I'm not going to waste your time talking about the details. It's a really good bean crop in western Iowa. The average pod count in southwest Iowa (district 7) was 1380.97 in a 3-foot-by-3-foot square, up 6.5% from last year.

The average pod count in Crop District 4 was 1265.39, down slightly from last year's 1280.2. In the northwest corner of the state, we counted 1226.21 pods in a 3'X3' square, compared to 1213.52 on last year's tour.

It's a good bean crop with plenty of yield potential. With the rain we've seen in the last 24 hours, don't underestimate the potential of the bean crop.

The average corn yield in the southwestern crop district was everything you'd hoped it could be at 191.87 bu. per acre, up 15.4% from last year's tour results. The southwest gained in all categories. The ear count in 60-foot of row was up 2.4% from last year; grain length was up 8.2%; and the average number of kernel rows was up 1.7% from last year.

Corn backed off in west-central Iowa. The average yield was down 2.1% from year-ago. And in crop district 1, the average yield was up .8% from last year.

We'll get a (much) better read on Iowa tomorrow after the eastern leg of the Crop Tour wraps up its work. I can't wait until we mix today's western Iowa data with tomorrow's eastern Iowa data to try to figure out what the yield might be.

Sorry for the short report tonight, but with partial data in for a state, it's really unnessariy to spend too much time on the district averages I, like the rest of the scouts, will have to be patient and wait for the last sample in Iowa to be pulled to figure how the corn and soybean crops will finish.

We'll have final Iowa and Minnesota results here tomorrow night... ON TO ROCHESTER!!


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